Accounting Conservatism and Stock Price Crash Risk: Firm-Level Evidence
University of Waterloo
City University of Hong Kong
September 29, 2013
Contemporary Accounting Research, Forthcoming
Using a large sample of U.S. firms over the period 1964–2007, we find that conditional conservatism is associated with the lower likelihood of a firm’s future stock price crashes. This finding holds for multiple measures of conditional conservatism and crash risk and it is robust to controlling for other known determinants of crash risk and firm fixed effects. Moreover, we find that the relation between conservatism and crash risk is more pronounced for firms with higher information asymmetries. Overall, our results are consistent with the notion that conditional conservatism limits managers’ incentive and ability to overstate performance and hide bad news from investors, which, in turn, reduces stock price crash risk.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 65
Keywords: accounting conservatism, crash risk, bad news hoarding, asymmetric timeliness
JEL Classification: G12, M41
Date posted: December 15, 2009 ; Last revised: November 29, 2013
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